The honourable Sir Max Aitken

The Honourable Sir John William Maxwell ‘Max’ Aitken was the son of the Canadian newspaper magnate and businessman William Aitken, the 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production.

The Swallow Brewery in Queen Street, c1880, prior to the building of the larger chimney

The Constable family and the history of Swallow Brewery

Historian Mark Phillips delves into the archives to find out more about the Arundel brewery and a connection to a famous English artist.

An advert for Staley's

From Bobby’s to Bon Marché - shopping in Bognor

Each week we talk about things, places, buildings. This time I thought I would talk more about a shop.

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The 20-year old Pilot Officer Selway arrived at Tangmere in September 1929 .

The magnificent aerial adventures of Sir Anthony ‘Mark’ Selway

Anthony – always known as Mark in the Royal Air Force – Selway arrived in September 1929 at RAF Tangmere, his first posting after Cranwell.

Letters home from the Front in 1914

Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Martin Venables

Martin Venables: A man of art and nature

This week I will take a look at the life and works of a man for whom the time before the 1700s was of particular interest.

Extracted from Britains Tudor Maps by John Speed, published by Batsford. SUS-161020-101827001

Fascinating Tudor map shows changing face of Sussex

A beautifully illustrated map of Sussex during the Tudor era is among a collection of 400-year-old drawings published this month. The maps were created by cartographer and antiquarian John Speed (1552–1629), and have been published by Batsford in a book called Britain’s Tudor Maps.

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Remembering the Bognor milkmen of old

One of our diminishing services is that of the daily delivery of milk to our doorstep.

HG Wells, pictured in 1895 or 1896.

From Three Bridges to Midhurst – HG Wells’ love affair with Sussex

As he explored one day in the attics at Uppark, the “handsome great house” near Petersfield in West Sussex where his mother was housekeeper, young Bertie unearthed a box of brass objects which he managed to screw together to form an astronomical telescope.

Liza McKinney at the Beagle Aircraft factory exhibition, held at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham until October 31

COUNTY NEWS: Beagle aircraft factory remembered in new exhibit

It was a revival of the golden age of aviation and a local industry that created more than 1,000 jobs in a West Sussex town.


Can you solve a wedding photo mystery?

Does anyone know who this happy couple were?

Squadron Leader EM Donaldson commanding officer of No 151 Squadron in 1940

Meet ‘Teddy’ Donaldson – record breaker

Born in Malaya in 1912, ‘Teddy’ Donaldson, as he was known throughout his RAF career, was one of three brothers who would serve as pilots with the RAF.

HE Bates in his RAF uniform

Herbert Bates – writing the war stories as Flying Officer X

Herbert Ernest (HE) Bates was born on May 16 1905 in Rushden, Northamptonshire and educated at Kettering Grammar School.

Enjoy the bustle of a traditional steam fair at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum this weekend.

Vintage and Steam returns to open air museum

Step back in time at Vintage and Steam and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam powered the country.

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The Pavilion

So many sweethearts met at the Bognor Pavilion

There is a building in Bognor that always evokes memories – The Pavilion.

Bob Drabble, centre, reunited with former classmates Brian Morley, left, and Roger Bennett picture: kate shemilt ks16000846-1

Bittersweet reunion for Chichester child migrant

Former Chichester schoolboy Bob Drabble was sent to the other side of the world at the age of 13, as a British child migrant.

DM16127838a.jpg 'The Day Sussex Died' 100th anniversary service; Portfield Cemetery; Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160630-203746008

Chichester remembers those lost on ‘The Day Sussex Died’

The Sussex men who lost their lives 100 years ago on ‘The Day Sussex Died’ were remembered yesterday at the Portfield Cemetery in Chichester.

Sergeant Pilot Charlton 'Wag' Haw 1940

Tangmere’s medal winning, piano playing wartime Wag

Charlton ‘Wag’ Haw was born in York on May 8 1920. He developed a taste for aviation at the early age of ten after a joy-ride in a Cobham Flying Circus bi-plane.


Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.

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